Visit a Braces Specialist for Early or Adult Care

Posted on: July 1, 2016

Braces SpecialistAs a braces specialist, we often answer questions about when is the best time to start treatment for malocclusion or crooked teeth. There is really no outside time limit for when you can get braces, especially with some of the newer technology. At the same time, as a braces specialist, we know that there comes a time in every person’s life when they desire a perfect smile. Since a perfect smile starts with having teeth that are straight, braces are the best and most efficient way to achieve this dream. Since patients for braces come in all ages, we have broken down the braces treatment options into three distinct groups. The first group consists of early adopters and children whose parents bring them in to get the treatment early in life. The second group involves adolescents and people who go to a two-phase treatment process. And the third group includes adults. All of these groups have the same goal and objective in mind: to get straighter, more beautiful teeth. However, treatment does vary depending on your age range and how much treatment you actually need. Today, we will talk about early treatment and adult treatment.

Braces Specialist: Children / Early Treatment

Many parents recognize that their children will be in orthodontic care very early on. It is true that, as a braces specialist, we can enhance their smile and, any time there is an optimal period, typically around the age of seven, produce the best results with the least time and expense. There are many cases in which parents bring the child to our office and the child has no specific need for orthodontic care at that time. However, we can still have a vigilant examination, and this serves to anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. The only evaluation process provides timely detection of problems and also gives you the best opportunity to have an effective treatment plan. By the age of seven, the first adult molars have erupted in the child’s mouth, which establishes the back bite. During this time, a braces specialist can evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side relationships of the teeth, which is the foundational information needed to start orthodontic care.

Braces Specialist: Adults

Today, roughly 25 percent of all patients who see us for orthodontic care are adults because more adults have realized that they can get their smile repaired and not have to live with a smile that nature gave them. In addition, adults know that a braces specialist can not only improve the appearance of the smile but can also help with the health of their gums and teeth. By seeking the correct orthodontic treatment as an adult, it is possible to avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, regular wear of the tooth enamel, and even TMJ pain. Since there is a wide selection of braces to meet the adult patient needs and desires, there is a high chance for an adult to actually improve their smile and the overall health of their mouth. In addition to traditional metal and ceramic braces, we also have clear aligners, which can be worn to improve cases of misaligned teeth while also being completely discreet.

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